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LocationDomesticInternational
LismoreSession 2Session 2
OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Provides skills to help you in your future role as a professional natural resource manager, including skills in communication within organisations and to the stakeholders and the general public. The unit also focuses on skills that will be required in obtaining work in and succeeding in your chosen career. While this unit assumes no prior knowledge of all issues covered in the unit, it does assume you have a willingness to engage with the unit and participate fully in discussions that arise from issues raised in the course.

Unit content

Topics include:

  • Administration of natural resource management policy in Australia
  • Introduction to socio-economic research approaches as compared with biological  approaches to management of the environment
  • Understanding stakeholders, the community and the role of extension
  • Developing a strategy to achieve communication and information needs of target groups and agencies
  • Role of the media in environmental management
  • Negotiation communication skills required for dealing with multiple stakeholders
  • Conflict resolution
  • The science/management/political interface in natural resource management
  • Grants and funding

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1apply skills developed in other learning outcomes to develop professional standard applications for funding and employment.Knowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
2discuss the issues surrounding the differing information and education needs of various community and stakeholder groups involved in resource managementEthical practiceCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
3evaluate the various participatory approaches to engaging communities and individuals in natural resource management (including participatory rural appraisal, Indigenous research and action research etc.)Ethical practiceKnowledge of a discipline
4explore the various levels of government and the administrative structures and reporting systems incorporated within them and the role of employees within these structuresIntellectual rigourCreativityEthical practiceCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
5develop a communication/education plan for stakeholders affected by natural resource management issuesCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
6apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills to a variety of situations confronted by natural resource management practitionersEthical practiceCommunication and social skills
7communicate science and management issues to identified stakeholders.Knowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. apply skills developed in other learning outcomes to develop professional standard applications for funding and employment.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. discuss the issues surrounding the differing information and education needs of various community and stakeholder groups involved in resource management
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. evaluate the various participatory approaches to engaging communities and individuals in natural resource management (including participatory rural appraisal, Indigenous research and action research etc.)
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. explore the various levels of government and the administrative structures and reporting systems incorporated within them and the role of employees within these structures
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. develop a communication/education plan for stakeholders affected by natural resource management issues
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  6. apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills to a variety of situations confronted by natural resource management practitioners
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  7. communicate science and management issues to identified stakeholders.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Residential session 3 days (Once during study period)
Assessment
Project proposal40%
Portfolio40%
Quiz20%

Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Residential session 3 days (Once during study period)
Assessment
Project proposal40%
Portfolio40%
Quiz20%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
For POSTGRADUATE or UNDERGRADUATE full fee paying courses please check Domestic Postgraduate Fees OR Domestic Undergraduate Fees

International

Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.

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